Gabriel García Márquez died at home in Mexico City on Thursday, age 87.
He was a Colombian novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and journalist, also known as Gabo throughout Latin America. He was awarded the 1972 Neustadt International Prize for Literature and the 1982 Nobel Prize in Literature.
Widely considered the most popular Spanish-language writer since Miguel de Cervantes in the 17th century, García Márquez’s literary celebrity spawned comparisons to Mark Twain and Charles Dickens.
One of his well-known books, One Hundred Years of Solitude, published in 1967, sold more than 50 million copies in more than 25 languages.